Remembering Aberfan at Bridgend College

As part of the College’s on-going ‘Walk in My Shoes’ series of events, which give our students and staff the opportunity to listen to guest speakers share their remarkable stories of bravery and survival, Jeff Edwards MBE was welcomed to the College on Wednesday the 19th of October.

Jeff’s visit was a timely one as it marked the week of the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, one of the darkest moments in modern Welsh History. On Friday the 21st of October 1966, following a period of heavy rain, a waste tip from the colliery above Aberfan collapsed and slid down the hill directly into Pantglas primary school in the village. 144 people were killed, 116 of them children.

Jeff was a pupil at Pantglas primary and survived the disaster that day though, sadly, many of his classmates did not. He talked openly and honestly in the event about how the disaster had affected him as a child and continued to do so into his adult life.

Our Level 2 Art & Design learners also created an exhibition to mark the anniversary which was on display at the Sony Theatre all week – Jeff was able to take a look at this during his visit.

The College observed a minute’s silence at 9.15 am on Friday the 21st of October, exactly 50 years on from when the disaster struck to remember the 144 lives lost.